Tampa officials unhappy with Hillsborough County listen05/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Tensions between the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County are increasing regarding a move to have Hillsborough firefighters provide emergency medical services at Raymond James Stadium.
On Monday, the Tampa Sports Authority voted 6-5 to allow county paramedics to move in on what previously has been the domain of Tampa EMS workers.
City Attorney David Smith said Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is not happy with that vote. Smith said the city may sue if the Hillsborough County goes through with the idea.
The issue came up in February, when County Commissioner Jim Norman asked the Sports Authority to let county firefighters share the job, which pays between $25 to $35 an hour. A typical Bucs game lasts between 4 to 7 hours.
Norman and the Hillsborough Firefighters union have said that county paramedics should get a piece of the Raymond James action since the county owns the stadium and pays two-thirds of the authorityâ€™s financial deficit.
The pre-emptive move by the county to hone in on what has been since its inception in 1998 as a job for city of Tampa workers also alarmed Council member Charlie Miranda. Miranda said the county was in danger of starting a war with the city.
Councilwoman Gwen Miller also criticized the county for its actions.
Council Chair Thomas Scott, who served on the County Commission for years before becoming a council member last year, also expressed concern.
County Attorney Smith intends to go before the County Commission next week.